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The British and Yankees.

We published a few days ago some orders of Lord Cornvallis in the Revolution, denouncing in the most emphatic and indignant terms the burning of houses and destruction of private property by some of his straggling soldiers, and consigning them to the severest punishments. So energetic was his determination to repress these outrages that he halted his army on a march a whole day in order to inflict upon the offenders the death they deserved. Tarleton, whose name became notorious in the Revolution for savage ferocity, was not less active in visiting with extreme retribution such crimes against humanity. The soldiers were halted in long lines, and the inhabitants who complained of outrages were invited to pass along the lines and identify the villains against whom they complained. When this was done the offenders were taken out, and instead of being screened from justice, or their escape connived at, were instantly hung to the nearest tree.

Contrast this conduct of the British in the Revolution with that of the mildest of the Yankee Generals in this war! No comment is necessary to show the total barbarity and depravity of the wretches with whom we are dealing. Let us hope that their day is coming, and that the retribution of three years of such war as they have carried on against this country is not far distant.

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